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Pet Shop of Horrors #01 : Tokyo


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emmejo, May 7, 2012 (view all comments by emmejo)
This sequel series to Pet Shop of Horrors takes Count D to Tokyo, where he sets up a brand new shop in a multistory mall known as Neo Chinatown. As with the first series, it is told as a series of short stories, each one focusing on one client and their fated pet.

"Domestic" features a frightened single mother with a violent ex-lover. She goes to D for a guard dog and ends up with a new member of the family who helps assure her that she is a good mother despite her fears.

"Double-Booking" is the story of a unhappy writer who takes in a strange bug that changes her luck around.

In "Dust" D's new landlord is getting suspicious about the odd, beautiful people he keeps seeing and starts investigating, suspecting D of slave-trading. Meanwhile, a yakuza underling struggles with his feelings for the boss's lover, whose dog he looks after."

"Door" is a side story about D's attempt to move to Berlin after escaping L.A. but before fleeing to Tokyo. But mostly it focuses on D's grandfather, who ran a pet store there during WW2 and sold a pet to one of Hitler's lovers.

I admit that I miss Orcot and all his loud, brash, wince-inducing, obnoxiousness. He and D just made for such a hilarious combination. This book seems much more serious, lacking the (often not-so-politically correct) humor of the original. I can tell they are trying to set up Woo-Fei in a similar role, but he is too controlled and cool. His conflicts with D are like mixing water and oil, each element just smoothly evading the other while causing no real damage. Orcot and D's fights are more like vinegar and baking soda; they result in a dramatic, amusing, somewhat-out-of-control, foaming mess. Only time will tell whether Woo-Fei becomes a more interesting character.

I love the cover design for this series, with the slash marks revealing hints of the first interior splash page.
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Akino, Matsuri
Graphic Novels - Manga
Manga - General
Graphic Novels
Graphic novels -- Japan.
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Pet Shop of Horrors Tokyo
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7.42x5.02x.70 in. .44 lbs.
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